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Robin de Louw Bemuurde Weerd O.Z. 36 3514 AP Utrecht The Netherlands (+31) 631045757





MSc Landscape Architecture (graduated with honorouble mention + ArchiPrix nominee) Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands Villa Urbana: design of an experimental ensemble Teatro Urbano: park design in an urban transformation New Dutch Waterscapes: design of a recreational landscape Landscape Architecture ON site: being part of the Oerol festival Forum Romanum in Varna: landscape-based urban development strategy to slums



Staatslieden Art Community Assistant urban designer Utrecht, The Netherlands

BSc Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning (pre-selection Archiprix exhibition) Wageningen University and Research Center, The Netherlands Studio Site design: design of an memorial landscape Studio Urban design: urban regeneration design Studio Regional design: design of an agricultural landscape Integrated Metropolitan studio: landscape planning Riverscape: a (micro-)climate-adaptive redesign of a typical Dutch neighborhood


Genius Loci Committee member Wageningen, The Netherlands


Youth City Council Representative Laarbeek, The Netherlands

The Juchowo Village project Research-assistant Biodynamic Agriculture Juchowo, Poland


Academic projects

















08. Drawings

Natural streams from the plateau have been turned into engineered canals

5th year design Thesis In-situ slum upgrading Varna, Bulgaria

FORUM ROMANUM, 2015 Landscape-based urban development strategy to integrate informal Roma settlements The city of Varna is facing major challenges in the postcommunist urban landscape such as floodings and accentuated socio-spatial fragmentation. European and National Roma Integration Strategies are currently lacking the capacity to be implemented in this complex urban reality. This project approaches the natural landscape in an operative way by using it’s characteristics as a spatial development framework to re-activate social capital.

Black Sea

300 m


01. MSc Landscape Architecture Technical University of Delft

The neighborhood of Maksuda inhabits a Roma community at risk, facing social vulnerability natural hazard such as floodings and landslides

The natural landscape of Varna is hidden in the post-communist urban structure of canalization and fragmentation. Its waterfront is highly inaccessible.


inhabitants make progress in their own housing facilities.

basic shelter

primitive housing

semi-solid 1 or 2 floor housing

solid 1 or 2 floor housing

advanced multiple floor housing

relocation to resettlement zone

clearance and redevelopment

conventional in-situ slum upgrading

Maksuda is a city within a city: a strong social network defines the neighborhood. Asset-based approach to upgrading should focus on the provision of infrastructure and urban connections.

marginalized community

Traditional approaches to marginalized communities


Proposed landscape-based in-situ slum upgrading faciilitates a spatial framework for binding and bonding processes

Varna may have all the components to develop towards an inclusive city, but it currently lacks the connective tissue to tie it all together. The canalized drainage system has the potential to be developed towards a socio-spatial framework guiding a sequence of public spaces along restored streams. This corridor connects the different urban communities by generating new mobility flows.

systematizion neigbhorhood Lake Varna


business & culture

brown fields mixed residential neighborhood

ring road Primorski park

Black Sea


Section and collage of the Maksuda zone Highlighting the unique landscape features of cultural urban identity of the Roma

Section and collage of the Brownfield zone Highlighting the potential open spaces around the canalized system


If public space becomes the medium for integration, then the landscape becomes our canvas

regional 3d model

district 3d model

neighborhood 3d model

Multiscalar approach

Augmented reality: projections on milled 3d models (30x22.5 cm)


Detail of beech wooden base (45x34 cm) The models (30x22.5 cm) are positioned in a sunken rectangle


Detail of welded copper installation

elevated path over the landscape

(approach of UN:Habitat)

street-led approach to in-situ upgrading

(approach of local NGO)

farming model for Roma integration

The development of Maksuda as Cultural Enclave in a new continuous park corridor focussing on pedestrian mobility and the restoration of urban streams: bonding within and binding along.

Strategic development plan of Maksuda towards a Cultural Enclave with urban significance


continuous walking path along corridor

agricultural terraces with community stairs

rural landscape with variable waterlevel 1


Augmented reality: the Strategic Development Plan of Maksuda projected on the milled landscape The four focus subjects within the European and National Strategy Roma Integration are spatialized in the new landscape 08



road path


sand path


square gully

community stairs with shops/centers/services

continuous walking path

Section showing the Community stairs and agricultural terraces. The unused risk area is turned into a cultural landscape in which landscaped landforms are used to stabilize the grounds. The Agricultural terraces are important for income substitution.



pedestrian entrance buss lane


defined meadows with livestock

fluctuating gully

defined meadows with livestock

cont. Roma settlements walking path Section showing the rural park landscape in which typical Roma characteristics are acknowledged as aspect of the Cultural Enclave. Dedicated meadows for their livestock can be watched over from an elevated same-level path structure.

formalized settlements

semi-public pedestrian zone with irregular facade ‘urban balcony’

continuous horse trail

continuous pedestrian zone of the corridor

Conceptual representation to highlight the design principles of the pedestrian zone

extension pedestrian zone into local road Conceptual representation to highlight the ‘urban balcony’ as cultural cluster

Zoom of the Strategic Development Plan of Maksuda focussing on the new local cultural landscape


local network of waterpumps connected to the urban drainage system

The new cultural landscape of Maksuda (map is projected on in the 3D landscape installation)



waste exchange


household farming Elaborated design of the ‘Market Balcony‘ integrating the local landscape features and cultural characteristics of the urban Roma community


Section III showing the community stairs which facilitate both public and private services, but also function as backbone of the terraced landscape. The balcony combines ceremonial space with a pop-up market and waste-exchange center.


inter-local hub

agricultural products: from the terraces, backyards or plateau to the market waste: from the city or neighborhood to the waste exchange center coupons: exchange of waste into services located in the stairs

Architectural model of the ‘Market balcony‘ highlighting new flows of goods and services


fenced ravine

waste disposal in ravine


Before. Instable and segregated urban landscape


Envisioned. The Roma as cultural enclave within the city

Architectural model highlighting the connectivity of landscape and community


Visual of the new cultural landscape in which traditional Roma elements are integrated within the larger urban reality


open waterfront Cultural Enclave Maksuda identified streams


industrial waterfront occupation over unidentified drainage system

Maksuda is acknowledged as an vivid cultural space within a low-speed mobility corridor along the revitalized streams

X shaped ring road system Low-speed mobility


( ( shaped ring road system

green sponge: buffer forest strip: infiltration stream restoration


undefined open space

Municipal proposal

Revised landscape-based proposal

The proposed revision of the Strategic Development Plan of The Municipality of Varna in which the landscape functions as a socio-spatial framework to solve contemporary challenges such as floodings and marginalizations.



Augmented reality: the proposed revision of the Strategic Development Plan of The Municipality of Varna is projected on the milled landscape.


“140 Morgen“-Polder 4th year design of recreational landscape Moerkapelle, the Netherlands

THE POLDERDUCT, 2014 A recreational rural landscape in the heart of the metropolitan area of Rotterdam-The Hague The Rotte is a small peat river in the Rhine-Maas-delta in the Netherlands. It sprouts in Moerkapelle, at the 140-Morgen Polder in the so-called Green Heart, and drains all surrounding polders. In present times one-third of the Rotte is positioned in the urban tissue of Rotterdam. This design focusses on the re-activation of urban-rural recreation by grasping the historical sensuousness of the polders in which sound was an defening characteristic.

The rural landscape has historically been of importance for recreational purposes

windmill no. 5

02. MSc Landscape Architecture Technical University of Delft

The original water management function of the windmills have been replaced by electronic pumpingstations. This changed the experience and relationship of citizens with the rural backland

port of Rotterdam


Music of the river

A risen river meandering across polders, skilled in binding words into flowing thoughts of diverse forms. Searching for words that can settle the thirsty souls along her shores, listen! For songs with poetic charms, and for verses of a writers tongue. Recall! The sound that water performs. The sound of water singing, flowing, over the pebbles, over the cobbles. The multiple of sounds that accompanies soaking rains, the dark splatters on a sidewalk, roaring swirls, along roadsides brown with mud. The slow hiss, pop and sputter of water moving up a level, long forgotten, and another level. The cohesion inherent in each chaotic drip



windmill no. 5

The historic watersystem of the ‘140 Morgen‘-polder. The four windmills in the front, ‘scoop wheel mills’, were able to level the water up one meter each, the two ‘screw mills‘ in the back two meter each.


A self-composed poem to express the historical identity and experience of the polder landscape.

new pumpingstation ‘The Polderduct‘ The ‘140 Morgen‘-polder has an equal surface level in both systems.

Three soil classifications can be derived depending on their clay gradient. The soil is stable for building and constructions.

The average highest water level is in between 40 and 80 cm, the average lowest is 120 cm below surface for both systems

Modern pumpingstation

The ‘140 Morgen‘-polder consists out of two separate polder systems or compartiments and is drained by two electronic pumpingstation with below-surface pipes nowadays.

In the proposed development plan for the ‘140 Morgen‘polder both polder systems are merged into one system. The new pumping station is positioned in the center of the polder in a new fluctuating waterbody based on the soil and height characteristics


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02.a: the Polderduct

02.c: allotment island

Model of the strategic development plan for the ‘140 Morgen‘-polder

no. 1

no. 2

no. 3

no. 4

no. 6

The Polderduct

no. 5

section 2

section 1 windows show the pumping process

02a: Longitudal section and plan of the Polderduct showing the sequence of spaces with coherent sounds


section 4

section 3

02a: Longitudal section and plan of the Polderduct showing the sequence of spaces with coherent sounds


section 5

section 6 02a: Longitudal section and plan of the Polderduct showing the sequence of spaces with coherent sounds








02a: Short sections highlighting the different experiences on top of the Polderduct. The decreasing waterlevel from start to end results in different sound experiences of water falling down.


02a: The Polderduct is a modern landmark expressing the historical relation of landscape, waterlevels and dikes. Water management has always characterized the dutch landscape, this design shows the landscape system.


The small dike that historically seperated the two polder systems is turned into a sheep dike

02b. Plan and sections showing how the old dike is envisioned to turn into a core element in the walking structure


02c. Plan and sections showing one of three allotment islands. The walking structure of the island follows the old reclemation pattern of the Polder.


walking over sand

flowing water


stepping over the wooden walking path

water dropping from the leaves in the water

splatering water on the Polderduct

wind through reed

children playing with water

farming in the allotment gardens

pumping station The Polderduct

stone skipping

sheep on the dike


The design focusses on a new sensory experience of the Dutch rural landscape. Silence becomes sound again. By expressing the water management system with sounds, urban-rural recreation is activated.


waterfall into the Rotte

stepping of the stairs

Graphical walking path indicating the different experiences that resemble the new polder. The composed audio is accessible through the-polderduct-experiencing-the-new-dutch-rurality


segment of the ‘Hofbogen‘-highline

03. MSc Landscape Architecture Technical University of Delft 4th year design of urban regeneration Rotterdam, the Netherlands

HOFBOS, 2013 A multi-level park design in an urban transformation zone towards a compact layered city The center of Rotterdam is transforming. The 1.9 km long, arched ‘Hofplein’-viaduct was built in the early 20th century, the construction of an underground light-rail link between Rotterdam and The Hague made that the viaduct lost it’s infrastructural connection since 2010. This design focusses on the conversion of this monumental urban element into a lineair recreational area with local and regional significance.


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The last segment of the ‘Hofbogen’-highline is positioned in a high dynamic, ‘lined‘ urban landscape.

The viaduct has always been an defining characteristic of the neighborhood. Fellow-students have designed other segments of the highline.


end of the Hofbogen-viaduct (height 0)


The design of the last segment of the Hofbogenviaduct follows the Genius Loci of the landscape. A lined forest is designed, which will be the climax of the lineair, elevated park 25




pedestrian, soft promenade

cyclists The platforms with benches on top of the highline are positioned in accordance with the landscape lines

open meadow

The forest is planted in line with the construction blocks of the arches


Model of the design


The path structure is in line with the arches to accentuate the monumal urban element

The open meadows in the lined forest are suitable for sunbathing


‘park‘ grassland with shrubs


‘main road’ grassland

03a: section I

‘river’ wetland with steppingstones

03b: section II

‘highway’ labyrinth with enclosed benches

Plan, section and conceptual planting color scheme of the lineair park. The planting leads to a climax at the most dynamic urban ‘line’, which is the highway.

construction detail II

basalt paving stones (150x250/500x100mm)

cover plate from non-alloy steel (10mm)

construction detail II

white coating to cover opened reinforced concrete construction

squared timber

construction detail II

construction detail I

gravel concrete ballast base course (150mm)

03a. Side view with construction details


construction detail III

top soil, humus substrate layer (300mm) drainage buffer layer (type FKD 25, 25mm) protective absorption layer (type RMS 300, 3mm)

construction detail IV

ground spot (LED) basalt paving stones (500x500mm) concrete ballast base course (150 mm)

tree pit with planting soil

construction detail IV


construction detail III

support for young tree

03b. Section with construction details


Acer Campestre


base grasses


perennials and seasonal

Bouteloua gracilis

Hamamelis x Inter. ‘Pallida‘

Crocus ancyrensis ‘Golden’

Tulipa batalinii (april)

Asclepias tuberosa (july)

Festuca amethystina

Hamamelis x Inter. ‘Jelena‘

Scilla mistschenkoana

Gaylussacia baccata (april)

Gypsophila paniculata (august)

Koeleria macrantha

Hamamelis x Inter. ‘Diana

Helleborus argutifolius

Fothergilla gardenii (may)

Parthenocissus (oktober)

Narcissus ‘Hawera’ (april)

Papavergardenii orientale Fothergilla (may)(june)

Rudbeckia (november)


Nassella tenuissima j



old limestone quarry ‘T Rooth‘

04. MSc Landscape Architecture Technical University of Delft 4th year design of an experimental ensemble ‘T Rooth, The Netherlands


VILLA CUBO, 2013 A design to integrate a former limestone quarry into the regional natural landscape characteristics The landscape of Limburg in the south of the Netherlands is formed by the process of rivers cutting through geological sediments and therefore in high contrast to the rest of the ‘flat’ dutch landscape. Quarry ‘T Rooth‘ literally cuts it’s way through the regional landscape. This design focusses on the spatial integration of this artificial landscape into park which displays the characteristic system of plateau, slope forest and valley.

The characteristic landscape types of Limburg, with the quarry cutting through it.


Geomorphology of Limburg

04a. house of park superviser

04a. Zoom of Villa Cubo, the house of the park supervisor, positioned in a limestone wall.

04c. high-trunk orchard

04b. Visitors center




Retro-morphology development plan showing the integration of the old quarry into the regional landscape characteristic by using vista’s

04b. Zoom of the visitors centrum, the core of the new valley


04b. The visitors centrum combining all directions in the landscape


04b. The re-appearance of high-trunk orchards in the southern Dutch landscape

section II

section III

04a. section II: the enclosed garden


04a. topview

04a. section I: central hallway positioned towards garden, view from rooms over landscape

bed bed

bed bath office



section I

04a. Longitudal section showing the retro-morphology of the landscape, while preserving some limestone walls




04a. Section III: the living room and roofgardens

wind screen

04a. zoom of roofgarden with vegetables

04a. Model of the Villa Cubo

The rational structure of the neighborhood enables to categorize all streets in directions: N-S, E-W and N.E.-S.W., S.E. N.W.

05. BSc Landscape Architecture Wageningen University 3th year design Thesis Utrecht, The Netherlands

RIVERSCAPE, 2012 A (micro)-climate adaptive redesign of a typical Dutch neighborhood facing heat-stress The Rivierenwijk-neighborhood in Utrecht can function as a case to explore the potentiallity of a climate-based approach to revitalizing streets and squares. Prior to the design was an extensive analysis of materialization and albedo, wind directions, vegetation and shading. The urban design focusses on the use of these elements to regulate heat and manage water locally.

Most streets lack natural shading of trees

The square is popular in use but lacks attractiveness

‘Maasplein‘ is the main square of the neighborhood and also playground of the primary school


The ‘Maasplein‘ square and four streets, one of each direction, is redesigned to highlight the potentiality for the whole neighborhood to manage climate consequences


‘Maasplein’ square

05b. ‘Zuiderzeestraat‘ street 05c.

‘De Poort’ garden

The new open watersystem uses small raingardens and larger park structures to integrate water in the urban environment.


05a. ‘Maasplein‘ square, plan

elevated element


soft path structure

same-level trottoir The ‘Maasplein‘ becomes the green-blue heart of the neighborhood. The design incorporates fluctuating waterlevels and combines public with private uses.

bicycle shed school entrance


park entrance

variable watereline


drainage of streets


05a. ‘Maasplein‘ square, short section

05a. ‘Maasplein‘ square, long section


05a. ‘Maasplein‘ square, impression waterlounge

05a. ‘Maasplein‘ square, impression playfield primary school









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05b. ‘Zuiderzeestraat‘ street, materialization and dimensions

05b.‘Zuiderzeestraat‘ street, impression streetscape 05b. ‘Zuiderzeestraat‘ street, close-up of raingarden


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05c. ‘De Poort‘ garden, materialization and dimensions


entrance to private backyards

05c. ‘De Poort‘ garden, today

05c. ‘De Poort‘ garden, envisioned


Using the human body in a pattern to ‘measure‘ the landscape and define the Genius Loci

06. MSc Landscape Architecture Technical University of Delft

INSTITUTE OF TIME TAKING, 2014 Art as a layer of imagination over the landscape

4th year Land Art project Terschelling, The Netherlands The “Institute of Time Taking” is a land art installation collaboratively developed by 15 students of the chair of Landscape Architecture at TUDelft for the annual 10-day Oerol Festival held at the island of Terschelling in the Wadden sea. The Dune landscape is expressed to visitors by using a scientific and a sensorial approach. In the project each visitor will experience both approaches. The project aims a long-term dialogue with and awareness to the visitors about human interventions and processes with our surroundings.

natural dynamic (revised)

fixed sea dike (traditional) Conceptual sections highlighting the new approach in coast protection of the Dutch government.


pole with landscape pattern linked to sensorial spot

06a. scientific track

06a. sensorial spot (landscape pattern)


Visitors get a personal booklet with ‘scientific‘ tools which have been designed by the students. These tools can be used to measure the landscape along the track. Five audio spots along the track explain landscape systems such as flora and tidals. Each visitor is invited, based on the landscape pattern on the postcard, to one sensorial spot to experience the landscape.



postcard with landscape pattern

06a. The booklet given to each visitor includes five tools and one postcard.


SUBLIME the overwhelming experience of being alone in nature

Each visitor is led to a private, sensorial spot in the landscape by a student. The visitor is left here alone for some minuts to re-experience the landscape. Each spot is positioned in a specific landscape type with matching chair.


thunderclouds, the endless ocean, the strength of the wind

At the end of the track visitors can sent their experience to someone else by postcard. This is the postcard with one of five landscape patterns on the cover which was the key to their sublime moment. The postcards have all been sent for free by the TUDelft, the project attracted a total of 6000 visitors. 58

07. Assistent urban designer Community-based design Utrecht, The Netherlands

Staatslieden Art Community, 2013 Bottom-up initiatives for urban regeneration “Staatslieden Art Community“ is a collective of artists and designers in Utrecht that actively work together with the local community to generate social capital and spatial transformation. The Staatslieden-neighborhood is a postwar neighborhood facing socio-spatial challenges. This urban design has been developed in close contact with both residents and the spatial development department of the Municipality of Utrecht.

Staatslieden, 1960

Art panels developed by Staatslieden Art Community

Staatslieden, 1993

Staatslieden, 2013 Parkings, dog toilet, waste containers and social clustering at night


A defening characteristic of all housing blocks in the neighborhood are the patterns in the facade


Defening waste as elements


07a. zoom of the waste containers 62

The development plan for the square based on discussions with residents and the Municipality of Utrecht. The vegetation is low to avoid social clustering, even so no seats are placed. The envisioned planting is lowmaintanance.

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07a. The pedestrian zone surrounding the park has the potential to become a meetingpoint for the residents.


‘connect 4‘-game

art displays

07a. Impression of the park highlighting the new cultural value.


07a. The park has been constructed in 2014, although the permanent art installations haven’t been constructed yet.




plateau edge (pencil)


cherry orchard (charcoal and pencil)

landscape system (watercolor)


thank you.